Tuesday, May 31, Eyewitness News at 11

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GOOD EVENING AND THANKS FOR JOINING US..
I'M FRANK MALLOY..
AND I'M LEAH JOHNSON..THIS IS EYEWITNESS NEWS AT 11.

THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD VOTED TO APPROVE ROMAIN DALLEMAND'S FIRST RECOMMENDED BUDGET AS THE DISTRICT'S SUPERINTENDENT.
THE FISCAL YEAR 2012 BUDGET TOTALS JUST OVER 296-MILLION DOLLARS IN OPERATING EXPENSES.
LAUREN DISPIRITO SHOWS YOU HOW THIS BUDGET IS DIFFERENT FROM PAST SPENDING PLANS.
Nats "all those in favor let in be known by saying aye, aye"

TUESDAY... THE BIBB COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD VOTED SIX TO ZERO ... WITH TWO MEMBERS ABSENT... IN FAVOR OF SUPERINTENDENT ROMAIN DALLEMAND'S 2012 RECOMMENDED BUDGET.

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THE PLAN CUTS 52 TEACHING POSITIONS. THAT'S ABOUT THE SAME NUMBER AS LAST YEAR.
AND SOME CLASSES INCREASE BY ONE TO THREE STUDENTS... SIMILIAR TO PAST COST-SAVING CUTS THE BOARD'S MADE.

Wanda West, Board member: "We're always struggling with trying to make sure that we keep the classes as small as possible.

NEXT SCHOOL YEAR'S BUDGET ALSO INCLUDES CHANGES THAT THE NEW SUPERINTENDENT INTRODUCED.

Romain Dallemand, Superintendent: "Many may not think the furloughs have an impact on student achievement, I believe they do"

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THOUGH TEACHERS TOOK UP TO EIGHT FURLOUGH DAYS THE PAST TWO SCHOOL YEARS... NEXT YEAR, THEY'LL HAVE NONE.
DALLEMAND CUT 16 CENTRAL OFFICE JOBS... TO SAVE NEARLY 1 MILLION DOLLARS.
AND THE PLAN ELIMINATES DISTRICT SALARY INCREASES.

Lauren DiSpirito, Eyewitness News: "In shaping next school year's budget, district officials say one of the biggest changes they faced was the loss of about six million dollars in federal stimulus funds that they had received for the past two years, and some board members say they fear the possibility of further state cuts."

Susan Middleton, Board member: "It will always be a moving target we never know what the state's gonna fund."

DALLEMAND SAYS HE'S PLEASED WITH THE BUDGET.. .AND THINKS OTHERS SHOULD BE TOO.

"We are in a better place today than we were last year, just by looking at the furloughs alone"

NEXT YEAR'S SCHOOL BUDGET TAKES EFFECT ON JULY FIRST.

LAUREN DISPIRITO
13 WMAZ
EYEWITNESS NEWS
SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT TOMMY BARNES AND BOARD MEMBER TOM HUDSON WERE ABSENT FROM TONIGHT'S VOTE.
THE 2012 BUDGET DOESN'T CALL FOR A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE... BUT THAT COULD CHANGE.
SCHOOL OFFICIALS SAY THEY'RE WAITING ON A FINAL TAX DIGEST... EXPECTED THIS SUMMER.

A JUDGE POSTPONED FORMER MACON PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR RICHARD POWELL'S APPEAL HEARING BEFORE MACON CITY COUNCIL.
THE JUDGE POSTPONED THE MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THIS AFTERNOON BECAUSE COUNCIL COULD NOT AGREE ON THE RULES FOR THE HEARING.
THE JUDGE ALSO SAID POWELL'S ATTORNEY WAS CONCERNED THE HEARING WASN'T BEING ADEQUATELY RECORDED.
COUNCIL PRESIDENT MIRIAM PARIS SAYS IN LIGHT OF ALL THE QUESTIONS..... SHE SUPPORTS THE DECISION BUT FEELS IT HAD MORE TO DO WITH THE LOOMING CAMPAIGN SEASON... THAN GENUINE CONFUSION.
ELAINE LUCAS SAID SHE FELT POSTPONING THE HEARING WAS THE ONLY THING THE CITY COULD DO GIVEN THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING POWELL'S CASE..
Elaine Lucas: "The city has put itself in a terrible position of violating this department head's rights. And that we're going to end up losing big time."
Miriam Paris: "A lot of times people will want to....inflame the people. And make it seem as if it's more than what it is. And that's not what we're here to do."
PARIS SAYS COUNCIL WILL CALL A SPECIAL MEETING TO HANDLE POWELL'S APPEAL.
THAT DATE HAS NOT BEEN SET.
MAYOR ROBERT REICHERT FIRED POWELL IN FEBRUARY CITING SEVERAL COMPLAINTS... INCLUDING BUDGET AND DISCIPLINE PROBEMS AND INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT..
POWELL DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS AND ASKED FOR A HEARING ON HIS FIRING.

A HOUSTON COUNTY GRAND JURY CHARGED JAMES CLEMENTS TODAY WITH HIRING TWO MEN TO MURDER HIS WIFE...AND ALSO INDICTED THE PAIR ACCUSED OF CARRYING OUT THE KILLING.
CLEMENTS IS ACCUSED OF CONSPIRING TO KILL HIS WIFE... JONI ...IN FEBRUARY. INVESTIGATORS SAID RICHARD SYBERT SHOT HER IN HER HOME...AND HIS FATHER...ROBERT SYBERT....PROVIDED THE GUN...AND DROVE THE GETAWAY CAR.
DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE HARTWIG SAYS ALL THREE MEN NOW FACE 14 DIFFERENT CHARGES....INCLUDING MALICE MURDER...FELONY MURDER...AND CONSPIRACY.
JAMES CLEMENTS...AND ROBERT SYBERT ARE BOTH IN THE HOUSTON COUNTY JAIL...AND HARTWIG SAYS THEY SHOULD BE ARRAIGNED WITHIN SEVERAL WEEKS. RICHARD SYBERT IS IN A FLORIDA JAIL....WHILE HARTWIG TRIES TO HAVE HIM SENT BACK TO GEORGIA TO FACE CHARGES.

TODAY IS GREAT HANG UP DAY HERE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.
ITS A DAY WE SHARE THE DANGERS... OF DISTRACTED DRIVING.
AND ONE OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CAN BE GETTING BEHIND THE WHEEL... AFTER DRINKING.
AT THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY EARLIER THIS MONTH... STUDENT DRIVERS LEARNED WHAT ITS LIKE TO GET ON THE ROAD... UNDER THE INFLUENCE.
THEY SNAPPED ON GOGGLES THAT BLURRED THEIR VISION... AND MADE IT DIFFICULT FOR THEM TO REACT TO THINGS LIKE STOPPING... TURNING... AND SLOWING DOWN.
FOR DEREK JORDEN... THE EXERCISE HITS HOME.
NINE YEARS AGO... HE GOT IN AN ACCIDENT AFTER DRINKING.
HE RAN A RED LIGHT GOING 83 MILES AN HOUR... HE SAYS... AND STRUCK AN ONCOMING CAR... KILLING THE DRIVER.
Derek Jorden, : "Immediately, I wanted to reach out and tell other kids not to do what I did; that it could happen to them even if they didn't expect it. Of course they wouldn't expect it, if they expected it, then they wouldn't get behind the wheel and do it, ya know? They think they're going to make it home safe."
WITH ALL THE POTENTIAL DANGERS ON THE ROAD... IT'S IMPORTANT TO KEEP YOUR ATTENTION ON YOUR DRIVING AND OFF THE PHONE.
AT THIS MONTH'S EVENT AT THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY YOUNG DRIVERS ALSO LEARNED ABOUT THE DANGERS OF TEXTING WHILE DRIVING BY MANUEVERING A GOLF CART WHILE MESSAGING THEIR FRIENDS.
STUDENT DRIVERS SAY THEY PROMISE TO FORGET THE PHONE ON THE ROAD.
Brogain Thomas, Student: "I thought it'd be easy at first, and then I started speeding up and trying to text and it really got really hard."
Clay Cofur, Student: "It was goin' good for a while and then I had to turn; it's not too easy doing it with one hand."
WE WANT YOU TO JOIN OUR GREAT HANG UP AND PLEDGE NOT TO USE YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE YOU'RE DRIVING.
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ONCE YOU'VE JOINED... SEND US AN EMAIL TO EYEWITNESS-NEWS AT 13WMAZ DOT COM AND TELL US WHY YOU SIGNED... AND WE MIGHT FEATURE YOU ON OUR GREAT HANG UP DAY HERE ON EYEWITNESS NEWS.

ONLINE PRIVACY IS A HOT TOPIC.
BUT WHEN IT COMES TO SOCIAL MEDIA... SIGNING UP FOR SERVICES COULD MEAN AGREEING TO FINE PRINT THAT MIGHT AFFECT HOW THEY USE YOUR INFORMATION.
CNET'S KARA TSUBOI BRINGS HER MAGNIFYING GLASS TO HELP SHED A LITTLE LIGHT.
Here's a common scenario: you take a photo, upload it instantly to one of your social networks like Facebook and Twitter, and then assume it's yours to keep. Right?

Not so fast. You got to read the fine print.

If you use TwitPic to upload your photos to Twitter, be cautioned that a new deal between the service and World Entertainment News Network allows that third party to have control of your photos to sell or use as they choose.

When it comes to Facebook, the service will store all data associated with your photos once you upload them, essentially giving them access to your personal information like location. In Facebook's fine print, it says that if you don't want them to store that info, you need to remove the metadata before uploading.

There are several free programs like Stripper that will scrub your pics clean of anything too personal.

Now, not uploading or posting embarrassing photos is up to you.

AND THERE'S A NEW WARNING ABOUT CELL PHONES AND CANCER.
SANDRA HUGHES HAS THE LATEST WORD FROM THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IN THE ONGOING DEBATE.
(NARR .1) IT'S BEEN AN ONGOING DEBATE OVER ONE OF THE MOST USED MODERN
CONVENIENCE?WHETHER THE CELLULAR PHONE CAN CAUSE CANCER.--AN INTERNATIONAL
PANEL OF EXPERTS WITH THE WORLD HEATH ORGANIZATIONS SAYS YES.

SOT: DR. KEITH BLACK/Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery / 83035 when
scientists look at the data they conclude yes there is a risk particularly
when you have long-term exposure the way people use cell phones as we
currently do, 30 minutes or more a day.

(NARR .2) THE W.H.O. DESIGNATED THE RISK AS CATEGORY 2B?THE PESTICIDE DDT AND
GASOLINE ENGINE EXHAUST ARE IN THE SAME GROUP.

NEUROSURGEON DR. KEITH BLACK EXPLAINS PUTTING A CELL PHONE DIRECTLY UP TO
YOUR HEAD IS LIKE A MICROWAVE COOKING FOOD:

82733 when you put it next to your brain it's vibrating the water molecules in
your brain, it could be potentially heating, cooking the brain over time.

O.C THERE ARE FIVE BILLION CELL PHONE USERS THAT'S 3-QUARTERS OF THE WORLD'S
POPULATION..

(NARR .3) MANY OF WHOM HAVE ALREADY STARTED CHANGING HABITS:

SOT:: Elizabeth wiles/081906 I use loud speaker or the headset I'm not always
on it like I used to be..

Raquel mansell/82326 it makes sense b/c it hurts when you talk on the phone
for a hwhile...I just use the landline when I want to talk to someone..

(GRAPHIC) TO REDUCE EXPOSURE YOU SHOULD-Limit time on cell phone-Use speaker
mode or a headset
OR JUST -Don't carry phone (END GRAPHIC)
(NARR.4) BUT BRAIN CANCER IS A FAIRLY RARE EVEN IF THE RISK IS DOUBLED BY
CELL PHONE USE IT WOULD ONLY MEAN 12 PEOPLE PER ONE-HUNDRED THOUSAND WOULD
GET IT.
THE GROUP RECOMMENDS THAT CHILDREN UNDER 16 ONLY USE CELL PHONES FOR ESSENTIAL CALLS BECAUSE THEIR BRAINS AND NERVOUS SYSTEMS ARE STILL DEVELOPING.
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HOUSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS ARE OUT FOR THE SUMMER AND FAMILIES ARE HEADED TO THE NEAREST POOL.
AS KIMBERLY BURDEN TELLS US... WITH SWIM CLASSES BEGINNING... EVERYONE CAN BRUSH UP ON THEIR SUMMER TECHNIQUES.
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THE SUMMER HEAT IS HERE... WHICH HAS MANY THINKING ABOUT WAYS TO COOL OFF. ( Nats )

Kim Parton "Just get in that water cause it's hot"

KIM PARTON BROUGHT HER DAUGHTER OLIVIA (Nats of Olivia) AND FRIENDS TO FOUNTAIN POOL TO COOL OFF. SHE SAYS SHE TAUGHT HER DAUGHTER HOW TO SWIM AT A YOUNG AGE.

Kim parton "I used to get in the pool with them now they can get in there by themselves and enjoy having company with them'

Olivia Parton "I like to swim under water and act like a mermaid and stuff"

Nats of Pool

BUT NOT EVERYONE IS THAT COMFORTABLE WITH THE WATER.

Nats of Splash

Nats of Whistle

Miranda Nelson "If we feel like a kid can't swim then we do require them to swim the width of the pool"

MIRANDA NELSON... AQUATIC DIRECTOR FOR HOUSTON COUNTY RECREATION DEPARTMENT SAYS THEY ARE PROVIDING SWIM CLASSES FOR THOSE WANTING TO GET THEIR FEET WET.

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THE CLASSES WILL BE HELD AT TWO LOCATIONS... SEWELL POOL AND FOUNTAIN POOL... FOR AGES 3 TO ADULTS.

Miranda Nelson "We do morning lessons and both facilities and afternoon lessons here at this facility at fountain pool"

Nats of Brandi

BRANDI WOOD SAYS SHE WANTS TO SIGN HER 6 YEAR OLD SON BRANDON UP FOR CLASSES.

Brandi Wood "Sometimes I'll hold him, he's not comfortable with it. He would rather wear floaties or if he knew how to swim he'd be ok"

Nats of Brandon

SHE SAYS LESSONS FOR HER SON WOULD HELP HER STAY CALM AT THE POOL.

Brandi Wood "I'm terrified of water with my kids and if he doesn't know how to swim especially if I have my back turned there's nothing I can do"

A CHANCE WOOD SAYS SHE'S NOT WILLING TO TAKE. KIMBERLY BURDEN... 13WMAZ EWN>
THE FIRST OF FOUR TWO WEEK SWIM CLASSES BEGINS ON JUNE 6TH.
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